Saturday, September 22, 2012

Jayhawks’ Doc Sadler mentioned for Tech job

Doc Sadler, former Nebraska head coach, laughs next to Kansas guard Travis Releford as they watch the final minutes of the campers' basketball game against the counselors on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at the Horejsi Center.

Doc Sadler, former Nebraska head coach, laughs next to Kansas guard Travis Releford as they watch the final minutes of the campers' basketball game against the counselors on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at the Horejsi Center.


Two former Texas Tech basketball assistants are being mentioned as possible replacements for Billy Gillispie, who resigned his Red Raider coaching position Thursday amid health concerns and allegations that he mistreated players.

Former UTEP and Nebraska head coach Doc Sadler, who is currently working as director of basketball operations at Kansas University, and North Texas assistant Rob Evans, former head coach at Mississippi and Arizona State, could be leading candidates, ESPN’s Andy Katz reports.

Sadler, who like KU coach Bill Self is a good friend of Gillispie’s, succeeded Gillispie at UTEP before heading to Nebraska.

“Sadler could come into a league that he knows extremely well after coaching in the Big 12 at Nebraska. He also understands West Texas as a longtime junior college coach who mined the area and had to recruit it again at UTEP,” Katz wrote on Friday at’s Jason King and Dana O’Neil also have mentioned Sadler as a possibility at Tech.

Katz indicated that Evans could serve as interim until after the season, when current North Texas coach Tony Benford, a former Tech player, likely would be interested in pursuing the opening.

Katz also mentioned former New Mexico State coach Reggie Theus, a current assistant with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“Theus would give the Red Raiders a name, like Sadler, and infuse energy in the program after a troubled season,” Katz wrote of Theus, who has no Texas Tech ties.

Texas Tech university spokesman Blayne Beal told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Friday that Tech would like to name an interim coach within the next two weeks. Chris Walker, associate head coach under Gillispie, is now in charge of the day-to-day operations of the program.

Self and his staff have a policy of not commenting on possible interest in job vacancies.

Jackson with Jazz: Former KU forward Darnell Jackson will attend preseason training camp of the Utah Jazz. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Jackson does not have a guaranteed contract. He played for the Sacramento Kings’ summer-league team this past July after playing in Ukraine last season.

Peters adds KU to list: Roddy Peters, a 6-4 senior point guard from Suitland High in District Heights, Md., has KU on his revised list of prospective colleges, reports. Peters, who is ranked No. 39 nationally by, is visiting Rutgers this weekend. He is also considering Maryland, Georgetown, UCLA and Xavier, with Maryland the heavy favorite.


timcampbell 5 years, 8 months ago

Yea, first. I'm tired of all of these coaches shuffling around. Doc just needs to stay here and win for a change

Curtis Stutz 5 years, 8 months ago

Seems like the Jazz are probably a tough front line to crack Good to see the interest from Roddy Don't know how much any of those guys want to be named "interim" coach at TT, sounds like a great way to pile up some losses on your resume

chahawk 5 years, 8 months ago

Curious if coach dooley's name has been mentioned and if not, why not? Obviously he can not only couch, but he can recruit!

chahawk 5 years, 8 months ago

Hurinfan 5 years, 8 months ago

I really like Doc and I wish the best for him and I realize that director of basketball operations is just a stepping stone but I don't want to lose him before our season even begins. Can we really get someone to fill in this quickly on short notice and actually do a decent job. I remember the team always talking about all the stuff Hinson did and it might be a little daunting to someone just a month away from the beginning of basketball season.

Matt Kenton 5 years, 8 months ago

Can we really get someone to fill in this quickly on short notice and actually do a decent job?

Yeah, Billy Gillispie

Jack Wilson 5 years, 8 months ago

Yes, but it's the Big 12, it's D-1 basketball .. now say that again like Mike Gundy.

Micky Baker 5 years, 8 months ago

That's true. If they're going to throw their coaches under the bus because of some players not willing to work, who wants to coach there?

Mike Bratisax 5 years, 8 months ago

What happened to Billy Gillispie? I thought he was the biggest challenge for HCBS and was the 2nd best coach in the Big 12 He made Texas A&M a tough game for KU. Hired by UK then the implosion. I don't get it.

Marcia Parsons 5 years, 8 months ago

I don't know either. He went into Kentucky as a winning coach, and came out a beaten man. I don't know what they did to him there, but it made a drastic difference in his life.

REHawk 5 years, 8 months ago

If Doc should toss his cap in the ring for that TT gig, he would do so with full awareness that he is stepping into another football mecca where recruiting would be difficult, and hoops tradition miserable. If he could get 4 years of guaranteed decent money, he probably would be set for life, financially, then could slide back in to an assistant's role. It appears that he got the shaft at Nebraska. At a time when their athletic budget won a huge bonus, they cut him loose from a chance to earn respectable dollars.

Jack Wilson 5 years, 8 months ago

Saw the reference to Roddy Peters above.. konkeyDong was on this yesterday.

The article above cites that Maryland is the "heavy favorite." However, the recent articles and information seem to indicate otherwise. The article (presumably) cited at CBS above states that Peters made it clear that there is no favorite:

Further, this from ESPN yesterday -- Turgeon is "all in" on the Harrison twins (which isn't necessarily new news). But if you're Peters, you don't go where the Harrison twins are going, do you? Here's what was at ESPN:

"Peters is on Rutgers' campus as we speak. On Oct. 6, he’s set to visit UCLA. There are all kinds of moving parts here. Does UCLA still get that visit? What about Maryland? It’s pretty clear the Terps are all-in on the Harrison twins (Andrew and Aaron), and now KU comes in.

Kansas was right to reach out to Peters. The late-developing point guard is the No. 3 available player at his position. Coach Bill Self would like to add another guard to play with Conner Frankamp (Wichita, Kan./North) and be a primary ball handler. Peters is one of the few options Self has in terms of adding a guy who views himself as a setup man and not a scorer or combo guard.

Let’s say Kansas doesn’t land Peters or Jackson. Could it reach out to Stevie Clark (Oklahoma City, Okla./Quest Academy)? Maybe, but his primary strengths mirror Frankamp's. Both are noted long distance shooters. Self loves his guys who can get in the lane and penetrate, thus making Jackson and Peters important to KU's 2013 recruiting efforts."

Mike Bratisax 5 years, 8 months ago

Is Peters better at the point than Connor Frankamp? I like his height at 6'4 but other than that, I would rather see us sign another big.

In all honestly, the kid is from Maryland and even if he says there is no heavy favorite, I'm sure they were always the front runner. The Harrison twins are probably one and done anyways so I give Turgeon the edge. Even with all that, I would be glad if he picked Kansas.

Always good to have options.

I'm glad we have HCBS making these decisions.

Ben Simonett 5 years, 8 months ago

Seems Self wasted no time adjusting his PG targets after the recent misses.

Jeff Kilgore 5 years, 8 months ago

I've learned over the past few years to gaze past the recruiting news because it's really a waste of time. We recruit 50, talk to 10, get one or two. That's probably a fairly consistent ratio. Sometimes we get hot and land a few in a row, but spending time reading up on every single "possible commit" just gets old. Sports junkies can have the endless speculation of 18 year old kids with social media, but I'm out. I'll be back when the real season starts. Kilgatron

TexasHawk44 5 years, 8 months ago

Do you people even know what Doc"s role is at KU? Some of these comments are ridiculous. Would you want to coordinate travel schedules for a tenth of the money or coach a Big 12 team? Seriously? Best of luck, Doc!

Mike Bratisax 5 years, 8 months ago

Didn't Danny Manning hold that position? Honestly don't remember.

Marcia Parsons 5 years, 8 months ago

He'd make more money, but he'd sure work for it. The players seem to be a bunch of losers who make it even more difficult by complaining to their moms when they get pushed a little bit. How long has it been since TT won a decent number of games?

mikehawk 5 years, 8 months ago

I think it would be great for Doc Sadler if he got the TT job. His teams at a primarily football focused school were disciplined, tough, and well coached. He got a great deal from his talent, and you had better come ready to play. From what I can tell he has great character. The difference between Nebraska and TT is that NU really believes it can field a powerhouse basketbal program, and one in football, also. Texas Tech wants a solidly competitive program that can be at least everything he was able to accomplish at Nebraska. I think he would be a great fit there. I promise you, giving a little time under Doc, the annual pilgramage to the outback of west Texas would have the KU faithful on the edge of their sits hoping to get out with a win. The strength of the league from top to bottom, while not noticed, is an important factor in KU recruiting. We need the weak teams in the league to get better. Rising waters float all boats.

Alex Peekeaton 5 years, 8 months ago

If Young's decides on UK, it wont affect the twins decision. On the other side, the reclassification of Wiggins which will be announced shortly is what will change the recruiting front.

Mike Bratisax 5 years, 8 months ago

Good luck Darnell, you belong in the NBA.

Brad Watson 5 years, 8 months ago

i love Doc...hope he gets the tech far as HEM....I love the mans posts...even though he sometimes has a tendency to not think before posting...but its great least for me...and i know he loves KU...and dont we all

Brad Watson 5 years, 8 months ago

Osborne never appreciated Doc...he still should be in Lincoln..the man is a great coach....PERIOD!

TexasHawk44 5 years, 8 months ago

Coaches are wired to coach not check bus schedules. I say bestof luck to Doc if that is what he wants.

wildjayhawk 5 years, 8 months ago

Sadler can't coach, I have seen him here in Nebr. and he is not a coach. That's why NU hired him in the first place, as NU doesn't know anything about basketball. He will not do any better at TT. then he did at NU. TT, move on from Sad Sack Sadler.

REHawk 5 years, 8 months ago

Hey, Doc was fortunate ever to get his kids a timeslot in the training facility at Lincoln. The guy was a welltrod doormat for the Husker pigskin crazies. I've a relative who has been a longtime fanatical supporter of NU football. He always sneered derisively when I tried to inject hoops comments into family conversations. "Who gives a damn about basketball?" was his typical putdown re Big 12 hoops. He and his ilk would never ever commit a nickel of support to Doc's efforts or program. Check out the disparity between Sadler's NU salary and that of his football cohorts. Just imagine how that attitude trickled down to everything basketball in HuskerLand, from high school athletic focus right down to recruiting budgets for the state university hoops program.

archercc 5 years, 8 months ago

Its a crap job but I know I would take it. Make some bank, maybe get that horrible school to mediocrity and then "retire" early on the contract to be replaced with someone else. That is about all you can do there unless you are a true miracle worker.

Doc, though, might be thinking differently. He spent enough time mired at a school that doesn't invest in the program. At least at KU he is at a school where people are aware we have a basketball team.

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